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    Default FEMA Announces Independent Study Course "An Introduction to Hazardous

    Don't complain that your tax dollars get you nothing from DHS.

    Release Date: May 18, 2005

    FEMA Announces Independent Study Course "An Introduction to Hazardous

    Emmitsburg, MD.- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of
    Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, and head of the
    Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced today the U.S. Fire
    Administration's (USFA) Emergency Management Institute is providing through
    its Independent Study series a general introduction to hazardous materials
    that can serve as a foundation for more specific studies in the future.
    Independent Study (IS) 5, an Introduction to Hazardous Materials, is now
    available. IS 5 is an "Awareness" level course.

    "Concerned community members who want to learn more about such issues can
    help protect their own health and that of their community - as well as
    ensuring that local, state, tribal and federal emergency preparedness
    efforts are in place for dealing with hazardous materials incidents -whether
    they be accidental or the work of terrorists," said Brown.

    At the conclusion of the course, the participant should be able to:

    1. Explain the roles of federal, state, local and tribal governments in
    reducing hazardous materials risks through health and environmental
    2. Discuss the two major hazardous materials identification systems used
    within the United States;
    3. Identify possible terrorists' targets in which industrial chemicals could
    be used as weapons.
    4. Identify locations where hazardous materials are commonly found and how
    to determine their potential health effects;
    5. Describe basic terms relating to exposure to hazardous materials;
    6. Read and interpret a material safety data sheet (MSDS);
    7. Explain how hazardous materials enter the body and contaminate the
    8. Describe what communities can do to increase their emergency preparedness
    to respond to hazardous materials incidents;
    9. Identify steps individuals and communities can take to protect themselves
    during a hazardous materials release.

    To access Introduction to Hazardous Materials go to:

    FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and
    recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates
    mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local
    emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the
    U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of
    Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

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    Cool. I knew they were redesigning it. Guess they had to rename it too. I took it back when it was "Hazardous Materials- A Citizens Orientation". It is one of 25 FEMA IS courses I have completed. I encourage everyone to take the courses offered by FEMA.
    They have a couple that I havn't taken that I'm interested in so I don't think I'm finished yet. Here are the ones I've finished already.

    IS-1 Emergency Program Manager
    IS-2 Emergency Preparedness, USA
    IS-3 Radiological Emergency Management
    IS-5 Hazardous Materials- A Citizens Orientation
    IS-7 A Citizens Guide to Disaster Assistance
    IS-10 Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparedness
    IS-11 Animals in Disaster, Community Planning
    IS-111 Livestock in Disaster
    IS-120 An Orientation to Community Disaster Exercises
    IS-139 Exercise Design
    IS-195 Basic Incident Command System
    IS-230 Principles of Emergency Management
    IS-235 Emergency Planning
    IS-240 Leadership and Influence
    IS-241 Decision Making and Problem Solving
    IS-242 Effective Communication
    IS-244 Developing and Managing Volunteers
    IS-271 Anticipating Hazardous Weather & Community Risk
    IS-275 Role of the Emergency Operations Center
    IS-288 Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management
    IS-324 Community Hurricane Preparedness
    IS-393 Introduction to Mitigation
    IS-394 Mitigation for Homeowners
    IS-630 Introduction to the Public Assistance Process
    IS-631 Public Assistance Operations 1

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    You can add 5 more to the list above-
    IS 22 - Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
    IS-292 Disaster Basics
    IS-317 Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams
    IS-346 An Orientation to Hazardous Materials for Medical Personnel
    IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS)

    That's 30 down.
    EMT/Security Officer

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